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BAS head expresses concern about vegetable imports


BAS head expresses concern about vegetable imports

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THE BARBADOS AGRICULTURAL Society today complained that unfair importation practices were threatening the livelihood of local farmers.

The society’s chief executive officer James Paul said there was a widespread practice of individuals and businesses importing fruit and vegetables even though they were plentiful on the local market.

He described some of the importers as “soldiers of fortune” who had no interest in the welfare of local farmers.

He made the comments during a media conference called to voice the society’s concern about a “considerable quantity” of cabbages imported duty-free for a Government department but being sold on the open market, to the detriment of Barbadian farmers. (TY)